To minimize the differences, I’ve gone with Supergirl as our female superhero up for a sexy make over.
Supergirl has always been one of those characters that doesn’t really have a lot going for her except being the female version of Superman. And that’s all well and good, but it really has lead to her really seeking an identity as a character, which you can see in frequent wardrobe changes throughout the years. Unlike the iconic Superman uniform, Supergirl’s costume changes practically with every story line, artist, writer, title, crisis, or drop of a hat. Most of the designs wind up being more or less Superman’s uniform but as a dress. Some of them get more creative than others, but ultimately she always seems to come back to “what if Superman was a girl, and a cheerleader?” I think we can do way better than that, and skirts don’t exactly scream “superhero” to me. So lets see why I made the choices I made in her new sexy red and blues.
The Hourglass figure is the predominant shape that most people agree says “sexy lady,” so I wanted to emphasize the the width of her bust and her hips, but NOT her shoulders, as we did with Superman. Going in the OPPOSITE direction, we extend the Super S delta across her breasts and downwards away from her shoulders. This, emphasizes her bust, but minimizes her powerful manly shoulders (which are a result of being crazy strong). We use the same darker-blue ribbing we did with Superman (to keep to a stylistic theme) to visually minimize her waist and show off her ever sexy abdominal core. Everyone admires a nice pair of abs, male or female. To emphasize her hips, we give her a wide, low belt, which also makes her red briefs seem briefer than they actually are. As we showed with Superman, nothing’s sexier than a bit of skin, so we keep her thighs bare, and give her an off the shoulder neck-line.
I’m going to pause here, and address why I did this, because I think it’s worth stating. Whereas men have sexy arms, women have sexy legs. For whatever reason we have it in our heads that strong legs are feminine and strong arms are masculine. I’m sure there’s an explanation, but I don’t know it. But regardless of why we think this, we do. So whereas we covered up Superman’s legs, and showed off his arms, we do the reverse with Supergirl. And they look better and sexier for it.
Because of the big S on her chest, we can’t really show any cleavage, but we can give the impression of being undressed by highlighting her collarbones and tops of her shoulders. It gives her a very sexy look without actually showing a whole hell of a lot.
We also give her boots a few more inches of lift than we gave to Superman (yeah, he had heels, go look). I hear a lot of people complain that high heels make no practical sense in superherodom, yet they show up EVERYWHERE. While I agree stilettos are kinda silly for an active life style, heels do wonderfully attractive things to a person’s calf muscles. They give your legs a longer, sleeker, stronger, sexier look. I’d also like to state that running in heels is perfectly possible and just because it hurts YOUR mortal feet, doesn’t mean the girl from krypton can’t take it in stride and look crazy hot all at the same time. Over all you’ll note that Supergirl, while having many of the same design elements as Superman, uses a lot more curves and fewer straight hard lines. This also accents her femininity which we want to celebrate rather than hide.
So there you have it. Two iconic superheroes done up in costumes to be unquestionably hot, but refraining from being degrading, demeaning, or sexist. A blend of practicality and killer fashion. What do you guys think?